Ranchi: Five Jharkhand MLAs would be
summoned by the vigilance bureau for questioning in connection
with their alleged involvement in the 2010 cash-for-vote
footage shown on a news channel, a police officer said on Tuesday.
"Four persons of the sting operation team of a national
news channel deposed before the investigating officer Raj
Kumar Lakra yesterday on the cash-for-vote case. Now we will
summon the accused," Inspector General of Police MV Rao told
The sting operation team members also took the officer to
the so called spots where they had "interacted" with these
MLAs for their sting, he added.
The accused MLAs are Rajesh Ranjan, Savana Lakra,
Yogendra Sao (Cong), Simon Marandi (Jharkhand Mukti Morcha)
and Uma Shankar Akela (BJP), he said and added another JMM MLA
Teklal Mahato passed away recently.
An FIR was lodged in connection with the cash-for-votes
on the direction of the Election Commission of India, he said
and added the probe got delayed due to the late deposition by
the sting operation team.
The news channel showed a footage purportedly showing the
six legislators of Jharkhand Assembly allegedly demanding
money for arranging votes for the Rajya Sabha poll candidates.
"The sting operation team has handed us over the unedited
version of the tape," Rao said.